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Topic 8: Writing in Plain English, Part 1

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Checkpoint

Here is a classic case of using more words and more complex words than necessary:

At the present time, the DPKO in accordance with new regulations will on a monthly basis conduct random security checks in the event that there is a terrorist alert.

Here is a revision that uses “plain alternatives”:

Under new regulations, the DPKO will conduct monthly random security checks if there is a terrorist alert.